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Born in Bergen, Norway in 1965

The Times of India: Orta’s Old Goa garden

Panaji: Garcia da Orta, one of the most illustrious Jews to have lived in Goa in the 16th century is known for the city garden named after him, but few know about the one he laid in Old Goa. The … Continue reading

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Jews of Goa, mini-conference

Professor Gideon Avni held three lectures at a mini-conference at Hotel Vivanta by Taj in Panjim,  Monday 23rd of January 2017. The mini-conference, a closed session, was attended by Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor Goa University.  From the city of … Continue reading

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Old Goa: Villa of Garcia de Orta

A map made by Mr. Joshua Benjamin, ex-Chief Architect of the Government of India, locates the villa of Dr. Garcia de Orta at a parking lot in Old Goa. Dr. Shalva Weil of Hebrew University visited the office of the … Continue reading

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Madhav Tirtha, a possible mikveh

This is the only heritage site in Goa, who is linked to general Madhav Mantri: The Brahmanpuri Madhav Tirtha. It is a possible mikveh, used for ritual baths according to the faith of Judaism. The Brahmanpuri Madhav Tirtha next to … Continue reading

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Old Goa, a possible mikveh

Gideon Avni visited the St. Augustine complex, that might contain an ancient Mikveh. Professor Gideon Avni inspect the site. Professor Gideon Avni walks along two tanks, which the Arceological Surveny of India (ASI) opines are “Baptismal tanks”. But they could … Continue reading

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Gopakapattanam and Sindabur

The Cairo geniza documentary is a testimony of a prosperous Jewish trade with “Sindabur”, by many scholars believed to be the ancient port of Gopakapattanam in Goa. Could this port be the ancient Ophir of the Bible? On the 17th … Continue reading

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Panjim: 2014 Conference on Judeo-Christian heritage

2nd of February 2014, Israel’s deputy Consular General at Mumbai Mr. Matan Zamir opened a conference in Goa. With Dr. Shalva Weil from Hebrew University as the keynote speaker. 160 delegates attended the conference at Hotel Vivanta by Taj at … Continue reading

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The Navhind Times: Revealing Goa’s Jewish heritage

Ivar Fjeld , Goa Representative of Norway India Chamber of Commerce and Industry will release his new book ” Jewish Martyrs of Old Goa” on January 31 at a function organized at Taj Vivanta, that will also witness the release … Continue reading

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The Curca Spring: Letter to CM of Goa

Honorable CM of Goa. Shir Laxmikant Parsekar cm.goa@nic.in Neglect of Pre-Portuguese heritage site in Goa: This has reference to the Israeli-Goan Roundtable on 30th of January 2014 at Kala Academy, with the honorable Deputy CM of Goa, Mr. Francis De … Continue reading

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The Times of India: Siridao chapel possible synagogue

“Siridao chapel could have Jewish history: Historian” SIRIDAO: The quaint architecture of the Jesus of Nazareth chapel at Siridao has remained shrouded in obscurity, but a few are convinced the unusual dome-shaped structure holds a key to evidence of pre-Portuguese … Continue reading

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